Parvovirus spreading to Corridor canines

Parvovirus spreading to Corridor canines

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is warning Corridor canine owners against the deadly Parvovirus. The illness has forced the Shelter to temporarily close its doors after infected puppies were dropped near the shelter. It attacks the digestive tract with symptoms of lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea leading to dangerous dehydration. “It kind of just rips a dog’s insides apart,” says Preston Moore, Director of Development and Community Outreach, at the Humane Society.

The virus can spread quickly. “It's spread through contact with infected fecal matter and it takes literally just a second if a dog is not vaccinated properly or has a weak immune system,” says Moore. Adult dogs can get sick but veterinarians say puppies are the most at risk and the first sign of symptoms demands immediate action. “You can have a pretty normal looking puppy coming in with a couple bouts of vomiting and some diarrhea I’ve also seen them carried in and very near death,” says Veterinarian Matt Keller at the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center.

Normally clinic sees one case of Parvo every month or so according to Keller, but in the last 3 weeks they have seen at least 12. The CVHS normally finds one case a year. “We have had 15 cases here in the last week,” says Moore. “Unfortunately 5 dogs did die during treatment, 4 puppies and one adult dog. Depending on the severity the treatment can be intense. “IV fluids, antibiotics and anti-nausea medications,” says Keller. Both Keller and Moore agree the best route is prevention by making sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.

The CVHS is closed while they work to disinfect the building and all impacted dogs are in isolation. Moore says the shelter has spent about $26,000 in a week on treatment; in a normal month they only take $30,000 for their whole operation. The shelter is asking for monetary donations to help cover some costs but he says no physical donations like food can be accepted right now because of the cleaning process.

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